Kickstarter at the 2017 Bay Area Maker Faire

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We love it when people use Kickstarter to make creative tools — devices, kits, and platforms that open up new possibilities for makers, artists, and anyone looking to bring their ideas to life. So for this year’s Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, we invited a few of our favorite creators to showcase their creativity-enabling inventions alongside some of the remarkable things people have made with them.

These projects cover a wide range of creative pursuits, from drawing on paper to building circuits (or doing both simultaneously), beginner-friendly weekend projects to powerful tools for prototyping. With more than 100 Kickstarter-funded projects on display across Maker Faire, we’re sure you’ll find something that sparks an idea for your next project. Maybe you’ll even feel inspired to share that project on Kickstarter!

Discover new creative tools at the Kickstarter booth

Circuit Scribe

Bring your paper creations to life with light, sound, and movement using this conductive-ink pen that lets you draw working circuits. Their new series of kits — now live on Kickstarter — can help you get started with projects ranging from a palm-sized paper drone to a functional calculator.


Trace what you see with this modern version of a nineteenth-century camera lucida. The new NeoLucida XL, currently live on Kickstarter, features a larger viewing area, making it even easier to create detailed drawings.


Build amazing things using this large-scale, open-source CNC machine. Its innovative design makes digital fabrication newly accessible to a broad range of makers, woodworkers, and artists.


Create robots, musical instruments, and interactive projects of all kinds with this small but powerful Arduino-compatible microcontroller that’s become a favorite in the maker community. 

Kickstarter talks

How Indie Hardware Gets Made
Saturday, May 20, 1:30 p.m., Make: Live Stage
Presenters: Julio Terra (Kickstarter), Bob Merriman (Avnet), Scott Miller (Dragon)

Join representatives from Avnet, Kickstarter, and Dragon Innovation as they discuss changes to the hardware ecosystem that have made it easier than ever for independent hardware creators to bring their ideas to life.

Building Community Around Science Projects
Saturday, May 20, 11:15 a.m., MAKE: Live Stage
Presenter: Clarissa Redwine

Kickstarter offers science enthusiasts, explorers, and innovators a unique opportunity to connect with audiences and gather resources to bring their ideas to life. Learn how to build an inspiring narrative around your science project.

Reinventing Creative Tools
Saturday, May 20, 2:30 p.m., MakerPro Stage
Presenter: Zach Dunham

Kickstarter’s mission is to help bring creative projects to life, and many Design and Technology campaigns on the platform share this same philosophy. Join us for a conversation with the creators behind NeoLucida and Maslow to learn more about their explorations in reinventing classic creative tools, and the communities they’ve built around them.

3Doodler Pen Live Teardown with Fictiv
Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m., MakerPro Stage
Presenters: Clarissa Redwine and Sylvia Wu

Come get a glimpse into how the world's first 3D-printing pen was designed for manufacturing. We’ll open up the 3Doodler live on stage and talk about the intent behind its internal components.

A few projects from Bay Area creators to explore

Science fiction will become reality when MegaBots, Inc. unveils its Mk.III fighting robot at Maker Faire. This mechanical marvel, built by a team in Oakland, is set to engage in a giant robot duel later this summer with Kuratas, a mecha developed by the Japanese company Suidobashi Heavy Industry.

Giant Cardboard Robot Arms
For a more DIY take on giant robots, check out these cardboard creations. They’re just what you need to dominate the world — or this year’s halloween costume contest.

Safety may be first, but fun is a very close second with MonkeyLectric’s animated bike lights. Find them in Maker Faire’s Dark Room, where all manner of glowing, light-up projects have a chance to shine.

Inspired to make something yourself? Start a project of your own, or explore live Design and Technology projects on Kickstarter.